NUI Galway India Soc’s Grand Celebration of Diwali – The Indian Festival of Lights


NUI Galway’s India Soc in association with the Indian Cultural and Sports Society (ICSC) Galway and with support from the University, celebrated Diwali – the Indian Festival of Lights on 14 November 2015, Saturday. Now in its third year, Diwali celebration took place in the Bailey Allen Hall on campus from 5 PM till 11 PM.  NUI Galway has a vibrant Indian presence on campus and this year students and staff, along with the Indian community in Galway City, Loughrea, Tuam and Ennis, have come together to make the event bigger, more colourful and vibrant.

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The Guest of Honor for this year’s celebrations were: Aodhan O Riordain, Minister of State for Equality, New Communities, Culture & National Drugs Strategy and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht ; Cllr. Niall Mc Nelis T.D , Deputy Mayor of Galway city ; Derek Nolan TD, NUI Galway alumni & Labour TD for Galway West; Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, NUI Galway Registrar and Deputy President; Professor Lokesh Joshi, NUI Galway’s Vice-President for Research; and Prof. Brian Hughes, the Dean of International Affairs at NUIG. Photo by ARY

 

This year’s festival started with lighting of Diya to mark the beginning of this celebration followed by the speeches including our Chief Guest and special guests for this evening.


Then we had treat with cultural programmes performed by the Students, Children and Adults, giving a glimpse of the rich cultural diversity of India. Authentic Indian food, Bollywood music, dance, entertainment, raffles, and prizes were also featured. We had the Diwali feast of authentic North and South Indian vegetarian food (Set Dosa- Sambhar, Chutney; Paneer Hariyali; Okra curry; Dhal Makhani; Vegetable Pulao; Naan ; Papadam, Raitha, Deserts – Mysore Pak & Rasmalai) after the cultural program. After the four course Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner, we had DJ music till late night.

 

NUI Galway Dean of International Affairs, Professor Brian Hughes, said: “At NUI Galway we are very proud of being Ireland’s most internationally vibrant university. Diwali is now firmly established as one of the highlights of our university’s social calendar, and is embraced by the entire campus community. It reflects our special relationship with Indian students, staff, their families, and the local Indian community, which goes back many years.”

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NUI Galway Vice-Auditor of India Soc, Srinivasan Arumugam, said: “We are very much thankful to NUI Galway which has given us a platform to celebrate Diwali on campus along with ICSC Galway; International affairs office who have helped Indian students in past, prospective students & future students of NUI Galway and have funded for the event; Socs box who have supported in all the events throughout the year and provided us fund for the event; We are proud that we won the Bank of Ireland bursary and thanks them a lot for supporting us; NUIG Buildings office for providing all the required infrastructure;  NUIG Student Union for their support; ALIVE NUI Galway for providing volunteers to take care of kids; Irish Cancer Society for their involvement; Societies – Draiocht society, Trad soc, Cancer Soc, Photo Soc. Last but not the least all the organizers and volunteers of India soc & ICSC Galway who have worked day & night for making it a grand success.”

 

Photo Credits – Natalie Teh, Tay Wan Xin & Arindam Halder

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